Thursday, March 12, 2009

Weekly Geeks A Quote a Day

Hosted by Terri at Weekly Geeks.

My quote for today:

"She herself was a victim of that lust for books which rages in the breast like a demon, and which cannot be stilled save by the frequent and plentiful acquisition of books. This passion is more common, and more powerful, than most people suppose. Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dope-taker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately, or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command."

Robertson Davies (1913-1995)

9 comments:

  1. books are definitely my drug, another great quote!

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  2. I will not admit an addiction but if you'd like, I'll join you at a 12 step meeting. :-)

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  3. Perfect quote. Books...the perfect drug! I love that!

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  4. Hah! That is so me. Love this quote. :)

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  5. Great quote. Reminds me of two things - what Basbanes refers to as "a gentle madness" and one of my favorite Maugham quotes:

    "Some people read for instruction, which is praiseworthy, and some for pleasure, which is innocent, but not a few read from habit, and I suppose that this is neither innocent or praiseworthy. Of that lamentable company am I. Conversation after a time bores me, games tire me and my own thoughts, which we are told are the unfailing resource of a sensible man, have a tendency to run dry. Then I fly to my book as the opium-smoker to his pipe."

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  6. I identify with this quote so much...beautiful!!!

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